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Zebulon PIKE

American Zebulon PIKE

born Zebulon Montgomery PIKE

American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on January 05, 1779 in Lamberton, New Jersey, USA
Died: on April 27, 1813 in York, Ontario, Upper Canada


Pike was born during the Revolutionary War on January 5, 1779 near Lamberton (derived from the Indian pronunciation "Alamatunk"), now called Lamington, in Somerset County, New Jersey. Pike would follow in the footsteps of his father, also named Zebulon, who had begun his own career in the military service of the United States beginning in 1775, at the outset of the American Revolutionary War. To avoid confusion, son Zebulon Pike is referred to with the middle initial of M, while father Zebulon Pike is not.

The younger Pike grew to adulthood with his family at a series of outposts in Ohio and Illinois – the United States' northwestern frontier at the time. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant of infantry in 1799, and promoted to first lieutenant later that same year.

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